Spain to plant trees to combat desertification

The Spanish government has announced plans to plant 45 million trees, reports the Economic Times.

Quoting the Spanish news agency EFE, the Times says the planting will take place between 2009 and 2012.

It will be part of a 90m-euro (US $127m/£71m) programme to combat desertification and the impact of man-made climate change, EFE added.

Spanish Environment Minister Elena Espinosa said that the planned investment “gives an idea of the government’s commitment to the defence and encouragement of biodiversity”, and added that “new jobs will be created to carry out this task”.

She added that the project would generate employment opportunities for the equavilent of almost 3,000 full-time jobs.

The minister said that reforestation will protect endemic tree species and will be carried out over an total area of 61,300 hectares.

At the same time, planting trees will lead to the recovery and increase of biodiversity and of endemic ecosystems, the improvement and preservation of the landscape, and the consolidation of ecological corridors, Ms Espinosa outlined.

Source: Economic Times

Date: 15/09/2008

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